Peace Statement on Off-Shoring Drilling

Congress recessed this month without passing energy legislation. Congress failed to even allow a vote on measures aimed at lowering the price of gas. It is past time to play politics with the price of gas. As gas prices continue to burden the current economy leaders must move America toward energy independence by among other things expanding our domestic capacity. Building more oil refineries to lower the cost of gas and reduce our dependence on foreign oil is a solution found favorable by 77% of Americans.

It is past time for an honest debate about drilling and producing. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid must pass legislation to remove restrictions on exploration and production in currently prohibited areas, lift barriers to Oil Shale exploration and production, expand exploration and production of America's vast natural gas resource and use this resource to reduce our foreign dependence, and increase our domestic refining capability, to keep us from importing an expensive pre-refined energy product.

The President lifted the Executive Order banning additional offshore oil drilling, but Congress continues to drag its feet. I urge citizens to call on Congress to lift the federal moratorium on offshore drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf. In New Kent, write to Congressman Bobby Scott in his Richmond Office at 501 N. 2nd Street, Suite 401, Richmond, VA 23219 to express your stance on policy that will move our nation towards energy independence and greater security. For more ways to get involved with this common sense movement visit